Finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones topped with clotted cream and lemon curd, tiers of confections and hand-selected tea blends — these are just a few of the decadent goodies offered at afternoon tea in Los Angeles. At these four luxury hotels around town: Hotel Bel-Air, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Montage Beverly Hills and The Peninsula Beverly Hills, you too can indulge in a tradition that traces back more than 150 years to English nobility.
Typical spa treatments are comforting and soothing, but there are times when you need something with a little more spark. To find that extra oomph to go with the oohs and aahhs, many upscale properties are looking toward the future. High-tech spa treatments are popping up all over Los Angeles, offering not just relaxation, but also concrete results. From facials that make you look years younger to a soul-restoring deep-tissue massage, here are some fabulously forward-thinking services around the city like the Diamond Youth Facial at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, HydraFacial at The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, Wellness Wave Massage at The Peninsula Spa, Mistral Light Heat Energy at Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.
Historically, there may have never been a bad time to drink whiskey in Los Angeles. The popular spirit somehow even evaded strict Prohibition laws (heck, you could buy it at Walgreens with a prescription at one time). Today, it is aged to perfection, served tableside with aromatic accoutrements and woven into stellar cocktails. Here are five great places to appreciate the revered elixir around the city right now.
When you’re hashing out travel plans for 2014, put Beverly Hills at the top of your list. In addition to world-class shopping and dining, the city — incorporated in 1914 —is celebrating its centennial with all the style and glamour it has come to define over the last century.
Five of Forbes Travel Guide’s star-rated hotels are crowning the centennial celebrations with “Suite 100″— where luxury travelers on the hunt for an over-the-top experience can book a night in a suite specially designed to transport them to glamorous decades that defined the city’s history. From an environment emulating 1940s film noir at Montage Beverly Hills to another evoking Studio 54 at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, each suite is outfitted specifically so you can experience the luxury of an earlier era, whether it’s with bespoke Art Deco-inspired furniture or an iPad photo booth. Here’s the scoop on what you can expect at each of the properties. Read More On Forbes Travel Guide>>
When you think about Venice Beach in Southern California, many things come to mind: the storied boardwalk, beach bums knocking around a volleyball on endless stretches of white sand, and body building beefcakes pumping iron at Muscle Beach. While all those aspects remain, Venice’s narrative is changing.
Instead of the Ocean Front Walk serving as Venice’s main draw, visitors are now flocking to beach-adjacent Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Those seeking to trade in their funnel cakes for single origin cups of coffee, and ironic T-shirts for forward-thinking designer styles, can find what they’re looking for along this milelong stretch of bohemian bungalows converted into boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Christened originally for Venice’s founder, Abbot Kinney has hit its golden age. So park your beach cruiser and put on your sunglasses because here are five spots not to miss as you explore Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Read More On Forbes Travel Guide>>